About this Course

129,566 recent views

Learner Career Outcomes

39%

started a new career after completing these courses

21%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level
Approx. 23 hours to complete
English

Skills you will gain

Essay WritingHistoryEnglish LanguageChinese Language

Learner Career Outcomes

39%

started a new career after completing these courses

21%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level
Approx. 23 hours to complete
English

Instructor

Offered by

Placeholder

Universiteit Leiden

Placeholder

Meertens instituut (KNAW)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Content RatingThumbs Up96%(49,174 ratings)Info
Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Introduction to Linguistics

4 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 76 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
15 videos
How to succeed in your online class?2m
Human Language and Animal Communication Systems6m
Human Language Versus Other 'Languages'9m
Discussion with Marten and Inge: Language Diversity9m
Language Diversity and Ethnologue8m
Discussion with Marten and Inge: What do Linguists do?13m
Interview with Dr. Victoria Nyst10m
Introduction language informants + introducing Han Hu, Speaker of Mandarin Chinese4m
Introducing Roberta D'Alessandro, speaker of Abruzzese48s
Introducing Khalid Mourigh, speaker of Tarifit Berber51s
Introducing Varun DeCastro-Arrazola, speaker of Basque1m
Introducing Beste Sevindik, speaker of Turkish1m
Introducing Enoch Aboh, speaker of Gungbe1m
Conclusion; language and dialect2m
6 readings
Meet the instructor & his team5m
Leiden University: Facts & Figures10m
Community Guidelines 5m
What is your learning path?5m
Registration Ethnologue10m
Required and optional readings30m
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge 130m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

The study of sound: Phonology and Phonetics

2 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 62 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
13 videos
Production of speech sounds7m
Discussion with Marten and Inge: consonants of world languages8m
Sounds in systems7m
Discussion with Marten and Inge: sounds and language change11m
Interview with Prof. dr. Claartje Levelt7m
Introduction + Tarifit Berber4m
Gungbe1m
Turkish1m
Abruzzese1m
Mandarin Chinese1m
Basque1m
Conclusion; sounds and gestures1m
1 reading
Required and optional readings30m
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge 230m
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

The study of words and sentences: Morphology and Syntax

5 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 86 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
14 videos
Morphology9m
Discussion with Marten and Inge: world of words11m
Syntax and word order (a)8m
Syntax and word order (b)5m
Discussion with Marten and Inge: world of word order8m
Interview with Prof. Noam Chomsky28m
Introduction + Basque3m
Tarifit Berber2m
Gungbe1m
Turkish58s
Abruzzese1m
Mandarin Chinese55s
Conclusion; structure beyond sentences1m
1 reading
Required and optional readings1h
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge 330m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

The study of meaning: Pragmatics and Semantics

3 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 66 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
13 videos
Semantics7m
Discussion with Marten and Inge: color and snow10m
Pragmatics11m
Discussion with Marten and Inge: changing the world with sentences9m
Interview with Barend Beekhuizen MA11m
Introduction + Abruzzese1m
Tarifit Berber1m
Turkish1m
Basque52s
Mandarin Chinese2m
Gungbe1m
Conclusion; untranslatable words?1m
2 readings
Required and optional readings1h
Quiz readings10m
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge 430m

Reviews

TOP REVIEWS FROM MIRACLES OF HUMAN LANGUAGE: AN INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS

View all reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

More questions? Visit the Learner Help Center.